It is no longer news that the world is under siege and plagued by coronavirus popularly referred to as (COVID-19). Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan China, and it has since then spread to various countries affecting the global economy, trade fi...
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It is no longer news that the world is under siege and plagued by coronavirus popularly referred to as (COVID-19). Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan China, and it has since then spread to various countries affecting the global economy, trade finance, and social lifestyle has not been spared. This article will review the multiple ways in which coronavirus is changing lifestyles and social interaction across the world.
Humans as a social being have evolved to match and respond to emotions spontaneously, and simultaneously, and these have formed the basis for cultural diversity and similarities. Some of the social interaction humans have evolved to practice include shaking of hands, hugging, and embracing amongst other forms of greetings. But with the mode of transmission for coronavirus being via contact with the body fluid of an infected person, people around the globe have adopted new ways of greeting one another without making body contacts. In countries like Qatar, a simple wave and “Salam Alekum” has replaced the traditional hugging and kissing.
CHANGES TO EDUCATION
Another sector in which coronavirus has taken a toll is education. Before the spread of this pandemic, classroom education was a necessity and the idea of an online school, although it was familiar but was not generally accepted globally. Many employers would readily employ a graduate who has graced the four walls of a classroom as against another who earned his degree online. Due to coronavirus and students not being able to attend classes, most educational institutions have turned to the internet to pass across knowledge to students from the comfort of their homes. In the United States, Netherlands and Taiwan, some schools have taken it to the extreme by designing plastic shields separating students from each other.
COMMERCE AND SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
The market and mode of shopping have also not been spared from the wrath of COVID-19. Although people are still allowed to shop in various markets across the globe, there have been drastic reforms and changes in the way people shop. For example, in Qatar, many malls have made it mandatory to wear face masks, gloves, and do a compulsory temperature check before customers are allowed to enter. And with coronavirus not going away any time soon, such measures will likely be in place for a very long time. Also, many malls have switched over to e-commerce as a significant form of providing goods and services to their various customers. Restaurants and food companies have also felt the wrath of the pandemic since most customers can either take-away or order for delivery.
Religious gatherings in most countries have been suspended, and in other countries, religious faithful’s need to observe social distancing rules. While Christians have taken to various social media platforms, many Muslims have been forced to pray at home. Some have turned to apps like Zoom and others to observe religious meetings and prayers.
In many countries in which lock-down restrictions have been eased, people are still unable to return to their old lifestyle over fears that a second wave of COVID-19 could emanate. Many religious bodies are yet to resume back to normal with others taking the social distancing rules seriously.